George Bancroft

1800 - 1891

A Quote by George Bancroft on authority, government, and people

The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft on adoption, ignorance, and interest

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft

The public is wiser than the wisest critic.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft on decisions, mind, reason, and truth

If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft on life, neighbors, and truth

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft

Westward the star of empire takes its way.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

Source: Epigraph to Bancroft's History of the United States.

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A Quote by George Bancroft on envy, glory, and respect

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft on civilization, force, intelligence, mind, progress, and wealth

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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A Quote by George Bancroft on beauty, companions, justice, laws, life, soul, truth, and virtue

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

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